So this was the better part of my afternoon 💕 30 minutes of extraordinary peace (seriously, I didn’t have to interfere here at all). This is only a small snippet of what I captured, but YOU GUYS, that accidental little heart they created by painting in the same little spot! How magical is this? And I got three of the most beautiful pieces of art out of it. Moments like this make all of the craziness so worth it.
FriYAY at the library. They couldn’t wait to get home to check this book out. (📚: The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain)
🧑🏼 “I wonder if there are dinosaur bones in here?”
👩🏻 “Why don’t you take a look?”
🧑🏼 “Here! I found some!”
Ways to know if 👍’s and ❤️’s have too much power in your life:
❗️You impulsively reach for your screen anytime something extraordinary happens. Be honest with yourself, can you remember the last time you had breaking news or watched a beautiful sunset without immediately thinking about posting it on social media?
❗️You get an anxious or sinking feeling when you find yourself phoneless or your phone dies just as a moment happens that’s “worth documenting.”
❗️You debate internally with yourself for hours about whether that picture you took of that amazing moment you experienced earlier is worth posting, even though no filter or cropping can hide that unflattering angle🤭 .
Alarmingly, many of us have unconsciously gotten into the habit of letting the value of our lives be dictated by the quantity of “likes” we get from our online presence, rather than the quality of our presence in our real life. Today’s #DigitalHealthChallenge is to take back agency over your #digitalhabits by strengthening your intrinsic sense of worth: MOVE THE WAY JOY MAKES YOU MOVE, NOT LIKES. I dare you to do something extraordinary and not post anything about it. This weekend, put your phone away and make some memories the internet doesn’t know about. Keep some moments #screenfree and sacred 🙏#DidYouKnow , you're extraordinarily before anyone knows what you've accomplished⁉️#BreakTheTrance
Who's up for some family fun? And FREE milk and cookies with your ticket purchase? Kids, parents, grandparents come paint with us this Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM! Get your tickets at artbar39.com #screenfreekids#artbar39kids
On to round ✌️It’s almost 4pm and little brother is still napping (I’ll regret that later) but we both really needed this break so we are living in the moment of it. This game (Bug Bingo) is one of the most often requested. Such a fun way to fulfill his love of learning about bugs when the weather/season doesn’t allow us to do it outside.
See that tiny spot up there in the sky, level with the skyscrapers downtown? That's my crazy monkey child. I was watching her explore and climb with ease yesterday all while hearing the calls of the parents of older children around me to tell their kids "not so high" or "that's high enough". All the while I thought "wow she really is up there, she's getting so big, growing so fast, becoming more aware of her limits and strengths, and not scared." Well yes, the months and years seem to fly by in a flash when I look at her. But what about my growth? To think that I wasn't scared for her for once, not worried about her falling this day ( she did of course, but not from so high luckily), not asking her to come down lower, although I did throw in a "be careful honey" here and there, not so fearful of what might happen. And I must say it feels good to grow as a parent, to have the hardest job in the world and not be so scared that I'm screwing it all up at every moment (just some) which is a far leap from her infancy and mine as a parent. We grow together, stretch together and make each other better each day. Growth hurts sometimes and some days are harder of course but this was a great one! Good night friends.😴 #freerangekids#wildandfreeexplorers
Practical life at 18 months old: all about laundry. This includes helping to sort, load, transfer and, most importantly, press the start button 😉. I’m pretty sure doing laundry is a Montessori toddler rite of passage.
Some of yesterday’s sledding action. Issa is one brave guy. Even I had to warm up on the baby hill before attempting this one. Overall we had fun. There were some tears, I’m not going to lie. In fact, my husband was the only one who didn’t cry 🤷♀️ but we will go again I’m sure.
This week we were blessed with some single digit negatives (it has been in the -30’s so we have been in serious hibernation mode). Yesterday we took the kids sledding for the first time ever (have I mentioned we are not experienced Winter people?). Issa had so much fun that he is spending the last hour of daylight in our backyard building a snow pile to sled down. He came up with the brilliant idea of using his sled to haul large amounts of snow to his little hill. Here he is telling me how high he plans on building it. Next week we are back to -30’s so we will enjoy what “warmth” we have at the moment.
Laz asked to spend the day at Lolo's house because he wanted to learn how to airbrush his Gundam models. This is the makeshift work area my dad set up for him outside, using the airbrush his Tito Amiel sent him for his birthday. My dad won't let Laz handle it without supervision (obvs).
We don't really do #Montessoriathome for my eldest, but I'm lucky to have a dad who helps me find various activities for the boy to cut down his screen time. Laz has broken both his iPad and my iPhone, and I've decided not to get him any replacements, so Laz has been on zero gadgets for a month now. He likes to build - and bike outdoors, yay! (We hid Alo's tab the summer of 2017, so both boys are reduced to actually playing now hehe. We'll see how long we can keep this up!) #lazlopatajo#childhoodunplugged | 01.06.17 📸 by my dad
📚| We do a lot of reading with the kids and I’d love to share with you what we’ve been reading lately, as reviews on my blog. When the Moon Comes is a book about a group of friends that are waiting for their nearby pond to be frozen so they can play a game of night hockey... read my review on the blog! All the feels... we loved it! ✨❄️
First full moon (also the brightest supermoon) of 2018: the Wolf Moon 🐺🌙. Unfortunately for us, it was mostly hidden behind the clouds. One of my goals of 2018 is to do a little more Space education, for myself and for Issa who is interested in all things Outer Space! I’ve started with marking and naming all of the full moons in our 2018 calendar and noting the time of their peak fullness. Judging by my view tonight, we might have to think about getting a telescope...
•a #supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee or its point in orbit closest to 🌏 making it appear 14% larger and 30% brighter
•prior to the invention of the Gregorian calendar, many cultures used lunar movement to track the passing year. Often moons were named based on behaviors of animals, plants or weather during that month.
•Full Wolf Moon was named by Native Americans (and possible medieval Europeans) who observed the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the scarcity of food during the winter